October 6, 2005

Dear Senator or Representative:

As have all Americans, we have witnessed with grief and frustration the loss of life, homes, and livelihood in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. We are part of the human needs community. Many of us are providing people and resources to help those so harshly affected, especially low-income individuals and families. We write concerning the ways Congress should address the nation’s needs at this time.

September 12, 2005

The Honorable George W. Bush
President of the United States
The White House
Washington, DC 20050

Dear Mr. President:

September 12, 2005

The Honorable Condoleezza Rice
Secretary of State
U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street NW
Washington, DC 20520

Dear Madam Secretary:

Local Voices Report Cover

In 2005, with generous funding from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the LWVEF launched "Local Voices: Citizen Conversations on Civil Liberties and Secure Communities." This project had three main components: public deliberations in ten communities across the country, focus groups and quantitative public opinion research to explore attitudes and values toward homeland security and civil liberties. The findings the Local Voices project are chronicled in this report.

A healthy League regards fundraising more as a matter of fund development, a process of building long-term relationships with your League?s supporters, in order to build a base of support that will sustain, for the long-term, the broad range of work your League accomplishes in issue advocacy, voter service, and citizen education and engagement.

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